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Happ Makes Final Bid for 5th Spot

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, March 28, 2009 03:59 PM Comments: 3

Todd Zolecki reports that J.A Happ pitched in a minor league spring training game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.

“Happ allowed six hits, five runs, two walks and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings, but he pitched better than his line indicated. He struggled in the first inning, allowing three runs. But he retired 13 of 14 batters at one point. He allowed two more runs in the sixth, but those runs scored when the leftfielder couldn’t catch up to a flare in left field.”

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Moyer To Take Hill Against Pirates

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, March 28, 2009 12:15 PM Comments: 27

The Phillies will head to Bradenton, Florida to face the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third time this spring.  Game time is 1:05 and it will be aired on MLB Network and Comcast Sportsnet.

Jamie Moyer is the slated starter and J.A. Happ, Scott Eyre, and Brad Lidge are each scheduled to pitch for the Phillies.  Ian Snell will be on the hill for the Pirates, who was roughed up in his last spring outing.

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DWIPP: 4- Terry Adams, 2005

Posted by Amanda Orr, Sat, March 28, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 1

4. Terry Adams in 2005

Adams wasn’t bad for the Phillies in 2002 and 2003 posting a 3.78 ERA in 112 games. However, 2005 was a different story.

In 2005, Adams was 0-2 including a blown save in 16 games.  His ERA was 12.83 and he had a WHIP of 2.63.  In 13.1 innings in relief, Adams allowed 19 earned runs on 25 hits and 10 walks.

Opponents batted .403, and slugged .677 off the right hander.  Batters had a 1.184 OPS against him.  He had a 17.65 ERA on the road and 18.00 ERA at night.

In 4.1 innings in May, Adams gave up 13 runs and was released in the middle of the month.  He was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006, but did not see any major league action.

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Phillies Acquire Taschner for Paulino

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, March 27, 2009 10:30 PM Comments: 30

The Phillies acquired left handed relief pitcher Jack Taschner from the San Francisco Giants for catcher Ronnie Paulino, who the Phillies acquired in December.

Taschner, 30, has a career 5.01 ERA in 4 seasons. Lefties batted .279 against him last season.

With the deal, the Phillies add a much needed left handed pitcher with the absence of J.C. Romero.  Chris Coste will start as Carlos Ruiz’ backup, and J.A Happ could win the 5th spot in the rotation with Chan Ho Park moving to the bullpen.

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Phils Fall Short Against Astros

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, March 27, 2009 09:14 PM Comments: 3

The Phillies rallied in the ninth inning, but fell short in their 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros.

Brett Myers pitched 5.1 innings allowing four earned runs on eight hits and a walk, including Miguel Tejada’s solo home run.  Myers struck out four.

Ryan Madson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings allowing just two hits. He struck out one.  Robert Mosebach allowed two earned runs in one inning.

Jason Werth capped a three run second inning with a solo home run.  Shane Victorino was 2-for-4 with a run batted in.  Matt Stairs’ solo home run and Eric Bruntlett’s RBI double brought in two runs in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough for the victory.

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Myers To Take on the ‘Stros

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, March 27, 2009 12:15 PM Comments: 15

Brett Myers will face the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida, preparing for his potential start on Opening Night.  Game time is 1:05 p.m.

To this point, Myers is 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his starts this spring.  Roy Oswalt will be on the hill for the Astros, making his first start since returning from the World Baseball Classic.

The Phillies look to halt the Astros, who have won six games in a row.

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Top 100 Greatest Phillies Roundup

Posted by Brian Michael, Fri, March 27, 2009 11:50 AM Comments: 9

With the unveiling of Mike Schmidt as the Greatest Phillie of All Time, the top 100 list draws to a close.  Many thanks to Tim for compiling the list and more importantly the stories on each player – quite a collection.  For reference, the full list of the 100 Greatest Phillies is available here.

The end of the list also means that it is time to announce the winners of the Guess the Top 10 contest.  Out of 200 entries only 2 people came close. Reid from Washington, DC and Mick from Essex, CT both correctly identified the top 6 Phillies according to the list.  They will receive Phillies Nation t-shirts for their prognostications.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

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DWIPP: 5- Joe Roa, 2003

Posted by Amanda Orr, Fri, March 27, 2009 10:00 AM Comments: 9

5.  Joe Roa in 2003

When he stepped off the mound, licked his fingers, and touched the rim if his cap, it was a bad sign for the Phillies. 

In 2002 with Scranton/Wilkes-Berre, Roa won the International League Most Valuable Pitcher award.  He was 14-0 with a 1.86 ERA.  He was called up, and managed to have a tolerable 4.04 ERA in 14 games.  However, in 6 games in 2003, Roa had an ERA of 6.05 and 1.66 WHIP.

During the 19.1 innings he pitched, he allowed 13 earned runs on 28 hits.  Opponents batted .341 off him, and had a .924 OPS against him.

At Veterans Stadium, Roa was 0-3 and his ERA was 8.80.

During June of 2003, he was granted free agency and played with the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres for the remainder of the year.  Roa last pitched in 48 games with the Minnesota Twins in 2004, posting a 4.50 ERA.

Perhaps he should of been a hitter. He is a career .213 hitter. On August 27, 2002, Roa was 2-2 with 2 RBI against the Montreal Expos.

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Kendrick Brings Struggles Elsewhere

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, March 26, 2009 09:54 PM Comments: 11

Kyle Kendrick, who was recently demoted to the minor leagues, made his first spring start with the Lehigh Vally IronPigs.

Kendrick allowed four runs in the first inning of the IronPigs’ 8-3 loss to the Yankees Triple-A team.  In 3.1 innings of work, Kendrick allowed 5 earned runs on nine hits and 3 walks.  He struck out two.

Kendrick said he’ll be back on the major league roster, but for now, he is going to need a little more work in the minors.

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Utley, Howard Go Deep in 10-2 Loss

Posted by Amanda Orr, Thu, March 26, 2009 09:23 PM Comments: 5

The Phillies lost to the New York Yankees, 10-2 on Thursday.

Carlos Carrasco was given another opportunity to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.  In five innings, he allowed four earned runs on six hits.  Hideki Matsui and Cody Ransom each hit home runs off Carrasco.  Carrasco walked one batter and struck out four. 

Scott Eyre allowed five earned runs on five hits in one inning of work.  Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera each hit home runs off Eyre.

Chase Utley, who went 2-for-4, and Ryan Howard each hit solo home runs off Joba Chamberlin in the first inning.  The Phillies offense only managed six hits.

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